Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R) is celebrating funding that was secured for the T.C. Jester Stormwater Detention Basin. More than $23 million in funding has been secured for stormwater detention in the Cypress Creek watershed. Rep. Crenshaw, who helped secure the funding, praised the effort, which is one of numerous flood-mitigation initiatives in the Houston region.
“That should remove quite a bit of stormwater out of the creek and mitigate and reduce the chances of flooding in residential areas, business areas, all the above,” Crenshaw explained. He helped secure $9.95 million in the 2022 fiscal year through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program.
“Of the twenty flood mitigation projects I’ve championed over the last three years, I have made sure to prioritize fully vetted proposals that are supported by widespread community support,” he expressed.
Crenshaw was joined by Texas state Rep. Sam Harless (R), Harris County Commissioner Tom Ramsey, and the Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) in celebrating the funding.
“We are grateful to the Harris County Flood Control District and their partnership. They were the first ones to bring this to our attention, and I look forward to continuing to work in close partnership for years to come,” Crenshaw said.
The HCFCD noted that the project, which is near the Klein area that is northwest of Houston, would reduce flooding risks for area homes and businesses.
Tina Peterson, the district’s director, detailed that the region where the basin is set to be built was one of the many areas affected by flooding during Hurricane Harvey in 2017.
“This particular region has had a group of very engaged stakeholders who have been very involved in wanting to see projects in their region,” she said.
Peterson also mentioned that stormwater detention basin projects in the Cypress Creek watershed will begin construction in the next six to nine months. The remainder of them will be constructed no later than 2024.